The National Minimum Wage Increases In April

Legislation keeps on moving and on the 1st A‌pr‌il 2020, the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases ...

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice. Workers must be between school leaving age and 24 to receive the National Minimum Wage and aged 25 to get the National Living Wage.

Apprentice rates are payable when they are under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship. So for example, an apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.90.

Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. Remember, the worker is still entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.

Workers are also entitled to the correct minimum wage if they are:

- part-time
- casual labourers, for example, someone hired for one day
- agency workers
- workers and homeworkers paid by the number of items they make
- apprentices
- trainees, workers on probation
- disabled workers
- agricultural workers
- foreign workers
- seafarers
- offshore workers

The Government also has a minimum wage calculator available so you can understand if the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage should be paid.

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